Many of the suggestions to prevent bullying, however, seem to be counterproductive.
Knowing who's in front of you or behind you in the hallway or in a line at school can help you to avoid bullies.
These, though they are great suggestions for avoiding bullies, they really do not solve anything.
But experts disagree about predicting future violent behavior from earlier bullying tendencies. Robert Findling, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University Hospital of Cleveland believes "aggression is a very stable trait that is long-lasting." Dr.
Carl Bell, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Illinois, in Chicago, adds, "there is some link between bullying behavior and later violence, but we are just not certain how strong it is." One commonly cited British study reported that individuals with a history of bulling had a four-fold increase in criminal behavior by the age of 24.
As anyone can recall, high school is a social hierarchy, and to do this, one may risk social ostracizing, but they will also be taking an active role in making sure that the other child alone is not being bullied.
It will in turn make the school a more pleasant environment.
They are as helpful as, say, telling a child that the best places to hide are behind the jungle gym and by the vending machine.
More proactive approaches involve actions like walking over to someone who is eating alone at the cafeteria (Rinaldo, 2005).
Types of bullying behaviors cited in the study included verbal belittling regarding religion, race, looks, or speech; hitting, pushing or slapping; rumors; and sexual comments or gestures.
The study also found that both the perpetrators and the victims are lonelier than most kids and do not have very good relationships with their peers.